Meta, the parent company of Facebook, has announced a new remote-work policy that will require employees to work from the company’s offices three days a week starting in September. The decision was communicated to employees on Thursday and will not affect those who already primarily work remotely.
Reasons Behind The Policy
The tech giant, previously known as Facebook, had initially extended its remote-work policy to all full-time employees in June 2021. However, the company’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, hinted in March that changes were on the horizon. Zuckerberg stated that an internal analysis had shown that engineers who worked in person achieved better results compared to those who joined remotely.
Meta’s updated policy aligns with a trend observed in other tech companies like Amazon and Google’s parent company, Alphabet, which have recently called on employees to return to physical offices for at least three days a week. This shift reflects a departure from the widespread remote-work arrangements that were adopted during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A spokesperson for Meta emphasized the company’s commitment to distributed work while acknowledging the importance of collaboration, relationships, and company culture. The spokesperson stated that Meta is continuously refining its work model to enable employees to perform their best work, both from the office and at home.
The updated policy comes as Meta is undergoing a “year of efficiency,” which has included significant layoffs. In May, the company announced that around 21,000 employees would lose their jobs as part of this restructuring initiative.
As remote video presence and virtual reality technology continue to improve, Meta remains optimistic about the possibilities of remote work on a larger scale. However, the company believes that a combination of office and remote work can provide the optimal environment for its employees to make a meaningful impact.